Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tofu Thai Pizza

So, you may notice a trend lately.  We have been buying pre-made pizza crust and coming up with all sorts of delicious concoctions.  If you missed the Curry Sweet Potato Pizza or the Supreme Pizza, go back and check them out.  I'm telling you, though, this is the best one yet!  I was inspired by my killer zucchini salad, and it went perfectly on a pizza!

Tofu Thai Pizza

  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 1-2 tbs peanut oil
  • 3 stalks green onion
  • 3 medium size zucchini
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1/4 tsp salt + 1 pinch
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 1 tbs tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tbs sriracha
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup daiya cheese
  • 1/3 cup blanched almond slivers
  • more sriracha for topping (optional)
  • fresh cilantro for topping (optional)
  1. Drain water from tofu package.  Slice into 1/2" pieces and press under a dish towel.
  2. Cube tofu.
  3. Put a pan on medium/high heat.
  4. Add peanut oil to pan.  When hot, throw in tofu cubes and a pinch of salt.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes, flipping the pieces halfway through.
  6. Drain on a paper bag or paper towels.  Let cool.
  7. Chop green onion into small slices.
  8. Use a mandoline to slice zucchini and carrot into slivers.
  9. Add green onion, zucchini and carrot to a large bowl.
  10. In a small bowl, mix peanut butter, tamari, sriracha, salt and olive oil.  It should be more of a paste than a sauce.
  11. Mix paste in with vegetables.
  12. Spread paste on pre-made pizza crust.
  13. Top with tofu, daiya cheese and almond slivers.
  14. Swirl on sriracha for extra heat.
  15. Brush crust with olive oil.  Cook per package instructions.
  16. Optional: Sprinkle with cilantro after it comes out of the oven.

The almonds give the pizza a nice crust, and the Thai flavors are really beautiful.

I like to swirl the sriracha, but you can get creative and make all sorts of patterns!!

This would be great even without the vegan cheese, but it definitely tied all the flavors together.  This is my favorite pizza by far!

Grab a piece, dig in and enjoy!  Catch it on Vegan Linky Potluck!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Black Noodle Squash Bowl

In keeping with the theme of quick dinners that save the day, this black ramen noodle bowl is another quick meal to make in a pinch.  It follows my 5 Components of an Easy Vegan Dinner:

Protein Source:  Chopped Peanuts and Peanut Butter

Veggies:  Sauteed Summer Squash, Yellow Bell Peppers, and Onions

Grain:  Black Rice Ramen

Raw:  Green Onions and Sliced Carrots

Flavor:  Tamari and Sriracha and Peanut Oil

My go-to meals are always made from things that I keep on hand all the time, namely nut butter, nuts, seasonal veggies and grains.

This meal packs up great for work too, so make a big batch and pack it up for the next day!

Do you love noodle bowls?  What do you throw in them?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Grilled Cheese Saves the Day

Deadlines.  They are all consuming.  In architecture school, I barely thought about food.  I ate when I got hungry, not often in a healthy way, and never planned.  It was really only after I graduated college that my love affair with meal planning started.  We are currently in a huge time crunch at work, and I have a huge deadline this week (on my birthday).  I have been stumbling into the kitchen after hours of drafting and throwing together what I can find.  So, there has not been a lot of creative meal planning going on.  Don't fear, I'm not losing my blog steam.  I am just stressed out.

A straight grilled cheese would be great, but I always try to throw in something green in whatever I'm eating.  This time, I had some Farmer's Market Cucumber Salad on hand and some avocado.  The rest is vegan butter and cheese and your favorite bread.  There's no wrong way to make a vegan grilled cheese, but it can really save the day when you need a quick meal.

Blogging is not my day job, so when architecture starts to take up 80+ hours in my week, it leaves very little room for cooking.  I don't let it get me down, though, because it's incredibly easy to throw together a quick vegan dinner in no time flat.

Do you have any go-to meals that save the day when you are stressed?

P.S.  If you like dick doodles, I have been known to draw them.  See my latest here.

Friday, August 22, 2014

My New Favorite Breakfast

This post needs no recipe, but it's still delicious.  I wanted to show you what I love to eat when I'm not digging on smoothies.  You can do this with English muffins or toast, but the key is sauteed greens.  Here's the magic formula:








That's all you need for a delicious breakfast.  You can make it so fast, and this savory dish will fill your mouth with happiness.  I know I'm not reinventing the wheel here, but sometimes we need to be reminded of how delicious a simple meal can be.

If you don't have time to press a block of tofu, slice it thin and press for just a minute with a towel, then throw the slices in a hot pan with a little peanut oil.  It will infuse the pieces with tons of flavor, and you'll still get the crispy outside.

If you don't have time to melt the cheese slowly, put a cover on the pan, and it will steam.

What's your favorite vegan breakfast?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

LR Takout Review: Chi's Asian Cafe and Sushi Bar

Work has been nuts lately.  Josh is in the same boat.  Somehow, our deadlines always line up, and the weeks when I'm really stressed out, he is too.  This past week was like that for us.  We were so busy that we would come home from work, eat something hurriedly, then work at home until late in the evening.  When that happens, I tend to stop taking care of myself.  I'm really trying to be better though, so while all that was happening, I made it a rule that I still had to go to yoga.  My yoga studio is right next to Chi's Asian Cafe and Sushi Bar, so after Tuesdays' class, I decided to pop in for some takeout.  Chi's is a bit of an institution in Little Rock, but I'd only ever eaten at Chi's Too, which was right near my house when I first moved to Little Rock.

I walked in and looked at the digital menu at their cashier station for a long time before finally deciding what I wanted.  I wanted something filling, but still relatively healthy.  I also wanted enough so I wouldn't need to cook for many meals the rest of the week.  So, I ordered a vegetable delight with tofu, some miso soup, and some rice noodles.  The rice noodles come with egg, so I had them leave it off.  They would not make me Vietnamese spring rolls with tofu, which I thought was weird.  They said the spring rolls were pre-made, which did not sound good to me, so I'm glad I didn't order any.

I had my miso soup while I was waiting for them to assemble my order, because I was pretty hungry after yoga.  The miso soup was good.  I'm a big fan, though.  I like really salty soups.

I got my takeout home, and they had packed me another miso soup, which I was pretty happy about.  I had it for lunch later in the week.  There were a TON of rice noodles, which came covered in curry.  It was tasty, and there were quite a few veggies in the mix.  The tofu and steamed veg were my favorite.  They were flavorful and still crispy, and I had them over a little steamed rice.  This was plenty of food for 2 more dinners, which made me quite happy.

I'd say these dishes were pretty good for takeout.  I wouldn't say that anything was exceptional, but it was good, standard Chinese food.  I would definitely order it again.

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